Why Use Cloth Diapers?

When I mention cloth diapers, many would think of thin flat cotton lampin that need to be folded. And, fastened with diaper pin and covered with plastic.

Nay! That’s the old way. Cloth diapers has evolved. Yes, really!

Modern cloth diapers are so very cute. There are a lot of pretty colors & prints. And, many luxurious textures and fabric.

So, why use cloth diapers?

Cloth Diapers Are As Convenient As Disposable Diapers

Cloth diapers today have either Velcro fastening’s or use snaps. So, it is easy to put on and take off just like disposables. They also have multiple layers of fabric with high absorbency that can last for hours.

Cloth Diapers Are Cheaper Than Disposable Diapers

The initial cost of using modern cloth diapers seems so expensive.

For example, a pocket diaper with insert may cost about RM80 each. Lets say, your baby need about 8 pocket diapers a day (assuming 3 hours between changes). And, if you wash it daily, you’ll need another 4 while waiting for the diapers to dry. So, total is at least 12 diapers.

12 x RM80 = RM960

Hmm… seems expensive, right?

But, consider this.

You’ll usually go through 6 to 8 thousand disposable diapers per child, from birth to about age three. If we take an average of what those diapers cost, that equates to between RM3,500 and RM4,000 per baby.

Once those children are potty trained those diapers are gone. They can’t be re-used. So a significant chunk of our heard earned money has gone to buying, what is essentially, garbage.

But, enough cloth diapers to last for three years will usually cost between RM1,200 to RM1,800. At minimum that is about a RM2,500 savings!

But wait, consider too, that those cloth diapers may last for one or more successive children and your savings doubles and even triples!

So, using cloth diapers ABSOLUTELY cheaper than disposables in the long run!

Cloth Diapers Are Healthier For Your Baby

Cloth diapers do not contain toxic chemicals that are dangerous to your baby.

1) Dioxin

Dioxin according to the Environmental Protection Agency is known to cause damage to the central nervous system, kidneys, and liver (http://www.ejnet.org/dioxin/)

It has been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, liver damage, and skin diseases and genetic damage.

2) Sodium polyacrylate (the super absorbent gel)

Sodium polyacrylate is the same substance that was removed from tampons because of its link to toxic shock syndrome.

3) Tributyl-tin (TBT)

A toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.

4) Chemical emmission

Studies have also been done to show that the chemical emissions from disposable diapers can cause respiratory problems (athma) in children.

According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 54% of one-month old babies using disposable diapers had rashes, 16% having severe rashes.

So, consider the long-term effects of this chemical being in contact with a baby’s reproductive organs 24 hours a day for upwards of two years!

Cloth Diapers Are Better For The Environment

It is estimated that roughly 5 million tons of untreated waste and a total of 2 billion tons of urine, feces, plastic and paper are added to landfills annually.

It takes around 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year to manufacture the disposable diapers for American babies alone!

Although some disposables are said to be biodegradable; in order for these diapers to decompose, they must be exposed to air and sun.  Since this is highly unlikely, it can take several hundred years for the decomposition of disposables to take place, with some of the plastic material never decomposing.

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  • i like any invention with green concept in mind. but i’m sceptical. how can cloth diapers be any better (than disposable diapers) when we have to wash so many of them daily – isn’t detergent harmful to the environment too?

    other than that, i have nothing against what cloth diaper claims to be. i may consider using it if i have a dryer, hehe.

    little mama:

    Hola dear! You’ve the right to be sceptical. You see, there has been much debate over the impact of disposable diapers and cloth diapers on the environment.

    Pro-disposable say that cleaning cloth diapers can cause water pollution. This view really makes no sense if you think about it. Where does the water with detergent from the washing machine goes? Into the sewer systems where they are properly treated at wastewater plants, right?

    So, which is much more environmentally friendly, dumping untreated soiled disposable diapers into a landfill or the properly treated wastewater….

    And, by the way.. modern cloth diapers can hold pees for hours (much like disposable and better), so no need to wash so many on daily basis.

  • u r absolutely correct there! the water ARE treated! kekeke… kantoi me! nampak sgt malas membasuh. ;P

    little mama:
    he..he..he.. senang cerita masuk dlm washing machine je..

  • Najwa says:

    Bawah tajuk “Cloth Diapers Are Healthier For Your Baby”, kenapa pulak “Cloth diapers contain toxic chemicals that are dangerous to your baby.”?

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